Philadelphia, PALa Salle University and multinational pharmaceutical giant Merck have teamed up with Pathway for Patient Health to offer a suite of new courses aimed at preparing undergraduate students for careers in the life science industry.

The new partnership will give students access to education and training opportunities specific to careers in the pharmaceutical, medical device, biotech, animal health and consumer goods industries during their undergraduate studies — experiences that are typically reserved for graduate students or early-career professionals.

“That’s where a lot of the value lies for students,” said David Zuzga, associate professor and chair of the department of biology at La Salle. “It’s accelerating their professional development.”

According to Zuzga, La Salle’s biology program attracts many students who have an interest in healthcare but often come into college with a very narrow view of their future career options.

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